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    I have a marriage certificate where profession of the bride was a "Brass Winder". Could anybody tell me what a brass winder did. The marriage took place in Long Eaton, Derbyshire in 1927.

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    Brass winder would appear to be something to do with lacemaking, not quite clear exactly what they did, but refer to https://repository.uel.ac.uk/downloa...%20%281%29.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikejee View Post
    Brass winder would appear to be something to do with lacemaking, not quite clear exactly what they did, but refer to https://repository.uel.ac.uk/downloa...%20%281%29.pdf
    Is that site a case of using six words when one would do?
    I admit to speed-reading, but to save anyone else having to plod through, I first saw 'brass winding/winder' mentioned on page 8. Then page 9, and page 19, which is where I stopped reading.
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    Checking the newspapers the bulk of adverts referred to "Brass Bobbin Winders" and applied mainly to Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire and the lace trade.

    Derby Daily Telegraph, 28 Oct 1927
    "Wanted, experienced plain net brass bobbin Winder, used to winding off jack - Apply Melbourne Lace Co, Osmaston Road."
    "dyfal donc a dyr y garreg"

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    The forgot the bit about not making clear what they were talking about !

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    Thanks for all the help, particularly the newspaper adverts which applied to the lace trade. The lady in question’s father was a lace maker and they lived in an area where there were lace making factories. I think “brass winder” was actually “brass bobbin winder”. Bobbins were made out of different materials and this lady likely worked in a factory winding the bobbins which were made out of brass. https://laceincontext.com/tag/bobbin-winder/

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